Fairfax Assembly Celebrates “teamGM Cares Week” with Grants & Volunteerism
By: Lauren Indiveri
September 21, 2012 11:00 am CT
In celebration of GM’s first “teamGM Cares Week”, the Fairfax Assembly Plant spent almost every day last week doing something to help the local Kansas City community.
Plant Manager Bill Kulhanek said, “Our facility is committed to serving the communities in which we live and work. We strive to make a difference by volunteering, donating to and getting involved in our local causes.”
On Monday, employees kicked off a can drive for the local Harvesters Food Bank chapter. The collection bins arrived at the plant, and employees brought in cans and non-perishable foods to give back to the community. The plant goal is to collect 10,000 cans by Thanksgiving, and give many members of the community a better holiday this year.
On Tuesday, a GM Foundation grant to the Kansas City, Kansas School, Foundation for Excellence, was presented during the monthly school board meeting. During the meeting, employees celebrated the successes of students for the month of September, presented the grant and discussed ways to invite students into the plant for educational experiences.
On Wednesday, the United Way campaign began at Fairfax. A grant from the GM Foundation was presented to the United Way and the plant started local level collections on the plant floor, selling candy bars, cakes, popcorn and more. All the money is donated back to important charities around the Kansas City area.
And on Friday, several employees headed to Wyandotte County Park, a local lake and hiking area enjoyed by many residents and employees alike. They spent the afternoon fixing up a shelter area and painting the shelter and restrooms. With 20 volunteers from the plant, the task went quickly! And to celebrate the completion of painting, the plant presented Wyandotte County Park with a grant from the GM Foundation.
“We appreciate GM and all their commitment to Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas and especially to the park,” said David Hurrelbrink, director of the Wyandotte County Park.
“Everyone from the plant got involved in our first teamGM Cares Week, whether it was spending a dollar on popcorn for the United Way, or spending their afternoon painting at the park,” Bill said. “ And every dollar, minute and contribution counts.”
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